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Old 11-10-2007, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I'm on Sprint and looking to leave the PalmOS after 10 good years to become a Blackberry user. I never travel overseas, and if I do, it would most likely be to Southern Sudan, so I don't think I need a world phone, and Suretype makes my head asplode, so I don't think the Pearl is for me (although that thing is LOVELY).

So I guess I'm thinking about the 8703e, but I'm wondering if it is a little long in the tooth or too close to being EOL'd to be a good choice. I'm new, so I'm ambivalent about the scrollwheel vs the trackball, and I like the looks of the 8703, but I'm wondering about it being kind of thick and heavy like my Treo 650. I also don't know anything about the software differences.

Any thoughts, insight, and reflections would be welcomed. I bought the Palm III 15 days before the Palm V came out, so I'm learning my lesson on doing my homework this time
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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4ster, the 87xx series are really one of hte more stable and sturdy BBs made. I don't think you will be dissapointed it it. On the other hand, the 8830 on Sprint is a cool device and I've seen very few complaints around here about it. It has the extended memory card.
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Old 11-11-2007, 05:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I carry the 8703e I chose it over the 8830 because of the track wheel. I am glad I did because I have had very good luck with the device.

I think you will be happy either way you go.
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I chose the 8703e over a newer BB as a first time user. I found the new prices cheaper on Ebay and I have played with the Pearl and I'm just not into the trackball just yet. It's rock solid too and full keyboard. I love it.
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I agree with those above. I have the 8700g. I don't think you'll go wrong with a model in this series unless you think you would want the media features on the newer models. As far as touchy feely stuff, can you get to a store for a look see?
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Old 11-11-2007, 02:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have the 8703e (Verizon) and couldn't be happier.

Sometimes I get jealous of the bells and whistles on some of the new toys that RIM puts out...gps, wi-fi, music, multi-media, etc.

But in the end, I keep coming back to what I need it to do:
-be reliable
-phone
-email
-calendar
-to-do

..anything beyond this is bonus, and unnecessary for my use.

The 8703e does all of this, has been rock-solid, and even I haven't been able to break this thing.

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I am getting ready to get a personal BB on Verizon. I have an 8700g on tMobile for work..but only email and calendar, not phone. I really like it. I am torn between the 8703e and the new Pearl 8130. My concern over the 8703e is same as yours....getting outdated tech..I really dont need the multimedia stuff...also concerned about size of 8703e...but when you think of it, new phones like 755p, and some of the WM sliders with full keypads are really not smaller....pearl is neat...but I am concerned about small screen size for calendar entries...and suretype may be anyoying...can anyone comment on portability of 8703e...I want to carry in pocket...its funny, I have an LG VX8300 that is samller than 8700, but thicker and I think carrying 8700 in pocket is not as bulky.
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Wirelessly posted (8700g: BlackBerry8700/4.2.1 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/100)

I used a 7100t before the 8700g. Suretype was not a problem with me. I think a person needs to test a device with suretype and make sure they don't hate it, however.
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I'm also a Treo user as well (Treo650), toting both this and the BB8703e on a daily basis. From my experience, the BB is flatter, though wider, than the Treo. As such, it holsters on the belt a bit better and is much lower profile due of its flatness. The BB grows on you in its simplicity, much like PalmOS did. It's solid as a rock, though at first, you might be tempted to baby it, thinking you'll break the thing because it's less substantial than the Treo. I tried out the slimmer BB's but never got used to not having a QWERTY pad. The keyboard sort of reminds me of the old IBM keyboards, good feedback and built like a tank. Good luck!

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I too agree with the above comments. I got my 8703e in July 2007 and never looked back.

Having seen other bbs with their cameras and music functionality, I still use my digital camera to take pictures and use my 30gig iPod to play my music.

Go for it!!! You wont be disappointed.
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Have an 8703e.

The thing is stable and bulletproof.
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Thanks everyone for the great replies. I'm now really leaning towards the Sprint 8703e over the Sprint Pearl, but I'm afraid that the 8703e will disappear the day the Pearl is released. Does anyone have any insight on this?
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I know this sounds trite, but it will live for as long as you find it useful. If you have this nagging feeling that you will want a camera or want to play mp3's on it, then you should get the Pearl. I still have users with 7250's who are still very much happy with them because that is all they need or aspire to need in their device. Underneath the exterior, the 8703e will still run (much) of the same software you would run on a Pearl and if you need to run software that has special requirements (external memory card, audio, video, etc...) then you should get a Pearl.

Is your concern that Sprint won't provide you with technical support once it's no longer part of their lineup?

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Fears:

That I will finally make up my mind and choose the 8703e the day after it is no longer available.

Also, I fear getting the 8703e and regretting not getting one with all the bells and whistles, as well as getting something that seems brick-like as my Treo 650 is.
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Haha. Understood. I've always been a day late and a dollar short, especially when it comes to gadgets. I've very little experience with Sprint but I would imagine that Verizon (my carrier) would keep both the 8703e/8830 as well as the 8130 in the lineup at the same time owing to the opinion that both types of devices have different target users, business and personal BB users, respectively. Sprint might have the same policy. Sorry I don't have any insight as to Sprint's plans.

If you're looking to replace your Treo, functionality for functionality, you'll definitely look back on the 8703e with regret. I would go for the Pearl in that case. My 8703e wasn't meant to replace my Treo, that's why I choose to still carry it, but it does exactly what my paying masters want me to do with it, which is mainly messaging and some light administration. Hope this helps!

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Haha. Understood. I've always been a day late and a dollar short, especially when it comes to gadgets. I've very little experience with Sprint but I would imagine that Verizon (my carrier) would keep both the 8703e/8830 as well as the 8130 in the lineup at the same time owing to the opinion that both types of devices have different target users, business and personal BB users, respectively. Sprint might have the same policy. Sorry I don't have any insight as to Sprint's plans.

If you're looking to replace your Treo, functionality for functionality, you'll definitely look back on the 8703e with regret. I would go for the Pearl in that case. My 8703e wasn't meant to replace my Treo, that's why I choose to still carry it, but it does exactly what my paying masters want me to do with it, which is mainly messaging and some light administration. Hope this helps!

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Just bought a 8703e 3 weeks ago and love it. The thing is almost bullet proof, and a solid performer
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even know its not in the line up doesnt mean it wont be supported. The 7520 has long been gone from the sprint site but they still maintain my users. Now software for them from RIM may not come out as often or ever.
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